spacecraft

noun
space·​craft | \ ˈspās-ˌkraft How to pronounce spacecraft (audio) \

Definition of spacecraft

: a vehicle or device designed for travel or operation outside the earth's atmosphere

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Fifty simulations were created using data from the Cassini spacecraft, which intentionally plunged itself into Saturn's atmosphere in September 2017. Fox News, "Saturn's moon Enceladus could support life as more evidence emerges," 3 July 2019 In 2017, the Cassini spacecraft plunged into Saturn, ending two decades of exploration. Washington Post, "NASA plans to send a drone to Saturn’s largest moon," 28 June 2019 In 2017, the Cassini spacecraft plunged into Saturn, ending two decades of exploration. Jeremy Rehm, Twin Cities, "NASA plans to send a drone to Saturn’s largest moon," 27 June 2019 The orange haze of Titan's thick atmosphere kept its surface mostly shrouded from sight, until the Cassini spacecraft and Huygens probe arrived in 2004. Amina Khan, latimes.com, "NASA to send huge Dragonfly drone to search for life on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon," 27 June 2019 In 2017, the Cassini spacecraft plunged into Saturn, ending two decades of exploration. NBC News, "NASA to send robotic 'dragonfly' drone to Saturn moon Titan," 27 June 2019 If cryovolcanoes erupt on Titan’s surface, as data from the Cassini spacecraft suggests, the organic material can mix with liquid water. David W. Brown, New York Times, "NASA Announces New Dragonfly Drone Mission to Explore Titan," 27 June 2019 The Cassini spacecraft may have signed off and dove into Saturn’s atmosphere in 2017, but scientists are still poring over its treasure trove of data. Shannon Stirone, WIRED, "Space Photos of the Week: Saturn’s Rings Are Feelin’ Groovy," 22 June 2019 The asteroid, which passes Earth every six years, had its photo taken at a closer distance than ever before thanks to NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Just Took a Breathtakingly Close Photo of This Asteroid," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of spacecraft

1929, in the meaning defined above

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spacecraft

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spacecraft

: a vehicle that is used for travel in outer space

spacecraft

noun
space·​craft | \ ˈspās-ˌkraft How to pronounce spacecraft (audio) \
plural spacecraft

Kids Definition of spacecraft

: a vehicle for travel beyond the earth's atmosphere

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